January 12, 2018
Dear Members of our Benjamin Community,
We have seen a marked increase in the number of students diagnosed with the flu, caused by the influenza virus. We would like you to be aware of the symptoms that we are seeing so that you can seek appropriate medical care when necessary.
Most of the students are presenting with a fever greater than 101° and headache. A cough and congestion are soon to follow along with body aches and sore throat. If your student is exhibiting any of these symptoms, we suggest he or she see their healthcare provider for assessment and possible treatment with Tamiflu. However, for most healthy individuals, the flu is a self-limited illness that will resolve within a week to ten days. Symptomatic care including fever reducers, fluids and rest are the standard treatment.
Our best defense is that if your child is sick, please keep them home from school until they are symptom free and/or can manage their symptoms themselves. They should also be fever free without the aid of fever reducers for 24 hours. Remind them the importance of washing their hands and covering their mouth should they present with a cough.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or any member of the clinic staff.
To you and your children’s good health,
Dr. Anne Matese